The BIG Switch on
Edgbaston’s First Floodlit game under the new Floodlights.
Birmingham: July 2011
The new floodlights at Edgbaston were used for the first time last Friday as Warwickshire County Cricket Club staged its first floodlit match against Leicestershire as part of the ground’s recent £30 million redevelopment.
The floodlights were switched on following the crowd’s countdown by Warwickshire’s under 11’s top bowler, 10 year old Sahal Malbernkar and Warwickshire Cricketer Darren Maddy.
The unique state-of-the-art floodlights are seen as a big opportunity for the ground as it can now look forward to hosting more evening matches and welcoming bigger crowds. They were specially manufactured and installed by Abacus who were responsible for recent installations at Lords, Kent, The Oval and Trent Bridge. The unique cantilevered masts incorporate 320 Challenger® 3 floodlights with precision reflector systems to ensure tight beam control, reducing overspill and directing light into the ground where it is needed and most importantly away from the surrounding local residential area.
Colin Povey, Chief Executive, Warwickshire County Cricket Club commented: “The new floodlighting and redevelopment of the ground will create opportunities for the Club and put Edgbaston and the city of Birmingham on the cricketing map, bringing supporters from all over the world to the city.
Going forward Edgbaston will be able to host ECB domestic matches playing into the hours of darkness, as well as complying with ICC regulations for Twenty20 matches, which means we can host ICC World Twenty20 games at Edgbaston.”